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Autonomous Industrial Drones to Monitor Bulk Materials Inventory

Published: 29 Jul 2021 by

With more than 10,000 sand and gravel mines and more than 3,000 ready mix and asphalt plants in the U.S. alone, Stockpile Reports will partner with American Robotics to deploy its Scout System autonomous drones to address the market demand for accurate inventory data.

Stockpile Reports and its users are able to truly access the benefits of commercial drones and the full features of the Scout System with American Robotics’ first-of-its-kind Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approvals to operate without any humans on the ground. 

“The bulk materials industry suffers chronic financial write-offs due to a lack of accurate inventory data and Stockpile Reports helps customers solve problems with inventory using on demand measurements from image processing,” said David Boardman, Founder and CEO of Stockpile Reports. 

“Autonomous drones will provide an opportunity to aggressively scale the real-time digitization of large industrial stockpiled materials. Our strategic customers will use autonomous drones to drive operational efficiency. We are excited to partner with American Robotics as the leader in this technology. 

“The opportunity is limitless as we see the potential to deploy hundreds if not thousands of autonomous drones as we create inventory solutions for our customers across the bulk materials supply chain.”

The Scout System

The Scout System is designed to provide a cost-effective solution to proactively monitoring and inspecting assets in the oil, gas and infrastructure sectors. Capable of running upwards of 20 autonomous flights per day, the Scout System automatically transmits valuable data for decision makers to review and act upon instantly.

“We are thrilled to be working with Stockpile Reports and enabling them to access the data and insights only possible through automated drones,” said Reese Mozer, CEO and co-founder of American Robotics. 

“At the end of the day, our industry’s product is data, not aircraft. With true automation comes the ability to collect a new category of data not previously possible, resulting in a new category of valuable analytics and insights.”

In the six months since receiving its FAA approvals, American Robotics has increased business development activity in key industrial sectors by 80%. Users within the oil, gas and infrastructure industries are seeing the benefits of unmanned drone flight and the valuable data it provides – leading to the rapid growth of American Robotics. 

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